penelope cain artist

The Blake Prize and other updates: Dec 2014

war + games has been selected as a finalist in 2014 The Blake Prize; one of 50 finalists, shortlisted  from over 1000 entries. Im delighted to be part of this exhibition, with such an amazing list of artists…

This work is an expanded wall drawing, made from flyscreen mesh, sequins, pins and wall vinyl, and was made in response to the events in Palestine and in Syria earlier this year.

The injury and death of children in adult-manifested war zones has become increasingly present in our world. In zones of conflicting religious, political and social territories the uniting hope for humanity rests with children and their future. This work reflects a humanist-based propositional search for hope and balance in the warring present.

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WAR+GAMES, installation view, UNSW Galleries, COFA, Sydney.

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Detail: Flyscreen mesh, fabric, sequins, pins, wall vinyl. 2.3 x 2.5 m












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WAR+GAMES detail













































I also have a related wall drawing in Beastly @ Delmar Gallery, Ashfield, curated by Catherine Benz.

This work, Panorama from the edge of the city, is part of an ongoing exploration of the medium of flyscreen mesh, and of notions of ruin and the sublime. Both ideas rest in the Romantic, and seem to come out of a porosity or glitch in the narrative of the ordinary urban space and place.

Penelope Cain, Panorama from the edge of the city: lane ways and alleys

Penelope Cain, Panorama from the edge of the city: lane ways and alleys